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Campus Commemoratives 

Stories behind the names on UW-Stout's campus buildings and facilities 


University of Wisconsin-Stout 

James Huff Stout, son of Henry and Eveline Stout, was born 
in 1848, in Dubuque, Iowa. At age 19, he began work at his 
father's lumber business, the Knapp, Stout & Co., Company. In 
1 889, he moved to Menomonie, Wis. to assume management 
of the company's logging and milling operations along the 
Red Cedar, Chippewa and Mississippi rivers. 

Knapp, Stout and Co., Company, established by lumber 
barons Henry Stout, John Knapp, William Wilson and 
Andrew Tainter, was an immense empire. Although James 
Stout was an heir to this growing fortune, he had no intention 
of living the life of the idle rich. 

Stout had a great interest in education and through his 
travels was exposed to new ideas in this field. Feeling that 
the educational system was too narrow, he sought to broaden 
it by introducing his philosophy of "learning through 
involvement" with the Menomonie Board of Education. He 
offered to fund the construction of Wisconsin's first school 
devoted exclusively to the areas of manual training and 
domestic science. Although these ideas were considered 
revolutionary for their time, the board accepted his proposal 
with great enthusiasm. 

The Stout Manual Training School, located on the 
grounds of the Menomonie Public School, opened its doors 
in 1891. Students attended their regular classes at the public 
school, and spent part of each day in manual and domestic 
arts classes at the manual training school. 

This project was so well received by students and members 
of the community that Stout decided to build a larger school. 
In 1893, a new three-story wooden structure, complete with 
a clock tower, was built. Stout never revealed the amount he 
had invested in the project, but estimates run up to $50,000, 
a considerable sum in those days. 

Stout was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 
1895. He was soon appointed chairman of the Education 
Committee, a position he held for 15 years. 

Senator Stout was in Madison on February 3, 1897, 
when he was informed that a fire had destroyed the manual 
training school and the high school building adjacent to it. 

The community's reaction to the fire revealed their pride and 
strong attachment to the school. Under the condition that 
the city of Menomonie would rebuild the high school, Stout 
agreed to finance the construction of an improved manual 
training school on the same site. This three-story brick 
structure still stands today as Bowman Hall. 

A tower was constructed on the north end of the building 
and was supplied with a 7,000-pound bell purchased by 
the local citizens. The tower serves as a landmark in the 
community and in the memory of every Stout graduate. 

In 1899, the Stout Manual Training School took another 
important step. Lorenzo Dow Harvey, state superintendent 
of schools, suggested to the Menomonie Board of Education 
that a two-year kindergarten teacher training program be 
offered in the Menomonie schools. Senator Stout, president 
of the board of education, played a major role in the 
enactment of this proposal. By 1903, four additional schools 
were established and included facilities for the instruction of 
manual training and domestic science teachers, a school for 
homemakers, and a school of physical culture which housed 
a swimming pool and gymnasium. 

In 1908, the six schools, all built, equipped and staffed 
by Senator Stout, were incorporated and named the Stout 
Institute. The state took over the institute after Stout's death 
in 1910. Stout has grown considerably but remains true 
to Senator Stout's original philosophy — learning through 

Stout Manual Training School 1 89 1 

The Stout Institute 1908 

Stout State College 1953 

Stout State University 1964 

University of Wisconsin-Stout 1971 

Alumni Field 

Home to the Blue Devils softball team, Alumni Field honors 
all Stout graduates. The Stout Alumni Association Board 
of Directors gave the Recreation and Athletic Complex 
campaign a gift of $100,000 to fund the NCAA-regulation, 
lighted softball field. 

Kit Antrim 

Antrim Hall 

Sara Keturah "Kit" Antrim joined the Stout faculty in the fall 
of 1936 as director of physical education for women. She 
was appointed the first dean of women in 1945 and served 
in this position, concurrently with her other position, until 
1958. She continued to direct women's physical education 
until her retirement in 1964. 

Antrim believed in physical education for all women. She 
was also an advocate of good posture, emphasizing it in her 
classes. In her freshman physical education classes, Antrim 
took "before" and "after" pictures of each woman to determine 
the amount of posture improvement over the course of the 

An outgrowth of her work as dean of women was her 
interest in working toward the creation of a student center, 
a dream realized in 1947. She served on the student center 
committee and, after the center opened, she gave many 
hours to make it a success. 

Clyde Bowman 

Bowman Hall 

Clyde A. Bowman came to Stout in 1919 to administer 
the industrial education division. His tenure spanned the 
administrations of three Stout Institute presidents. 

Bowman was a creative conservative and felt Stout should 
adhere closely to the vocational ideals upon which it was 
founded, though add modern concepts such as the general 
shop. He supported the institution through many rough 
times and served as interim president upon L.D. Harvey's 

Bowman's view that everything one does is best 

accomplished through the use of charts was termed 

"Bowmanology" by his students and faculty. He was extremely 

organized, although those who didn't know him may have 

received a different impression when entering his office, 
which was stacked to the ceiling with papers. However, if 
asked about a certain topic, he knew exactly where to find 
the information. 

Bowman retired in 1953 with the title dean emeritus. 

Callahan Hall 

A poised and dignified woman, Gertrude Callahan came 
to Stout in the fall of 1927. Callahan became head of the 
English department after three years, serving until she 
retired in 1961. (As an interesting aside, her father, John Callahan, 
served many years on Stout Institute's Board of Trustees.) 

Held in great esteem by her students due to her help- 
fulness and great love of English literature, Callahan advised 
several student clubs (including the literary publications) , served on 
various faculty committees, and was a member of a number of 
professional organizations. She retired as professor emeritus 
of English. A dormitory wing was named in her honor. 

Gertrude Callahan 

Chinnock Hall 

Dwight Chinnock initiated Stout's first program for the 
off-campus supervision of student teachers in industrial 
education. Chinnock taught in the metals department for 
six years. He was then appointed to supervise the industrial 
education student teaching program. 

A sports enthusiast, Chinnock served for many years 
as a faculty representative for athletics in the Wisconsin 
State University Conference and received the National 
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Award of Merit for 
his contribution to athletics. He is a member of the Stout 
and UW-River Falls halls of fame. 

Chinnock gave much to industrial education and was 
known for the genuine concern he held for educating 

After 29 years of service, he retired in 1969 with the title 
professor emeritus. 

Fred Curran 

Curran Hall 

Frederick L. Curran received a diploma through the Stout 
Institute's two-year program, and later in 1921, he earned 
his bachelor of science degree in industrial education when 
Stout became a four-year college. 

Curran joined the faculty at Stout in 1908, and over 
the years, he taught a variety of courses. Courses included 
woodworking, cabinetmaking, Venetian iron work, history 
of manual training and English. 

In 1918, Fred Curran was appointed the supervisor of 
industrial education student teachers. He also was the part- 
time director of the Menomonie Vocational School from 
1918 to 1929. 

After 32 years of service, Frederick Curran retired in 

Thomas Fleming 

Fleming Hall 

Thomas Fleming started at Stout as an instructor of freshman 
English and feature writing. His enthusiasm for English and 
journalism inspired students to meet his high standards. 
Eventually, he became chair of the English department. 

Fleming later served as the university's director of public 
relations. He was well suited to that position as an eloquent 
speaker with a ready wit. Most importantly, Fleming had a 
sincere interest in helping others which endeared him to 
many students, faculty and administration officials. 

Fleming was a faculty member for 16 years before his 
death at age 42 in a car accident. 

Lillian Froggatt 

Froggatt Hall 

Upon her arrival at Stout in 1924 as head librarian, Lillian 
M. Froggatt not only had to ensure the smooth running of 
the library (there had been a number oj librarians in short succession 
before her arrival), but she needed to improve the quality of 
the holdings, principally in the liberal arts areas, in order for 
Stout to qualify for North Central Association accreditation. 
Due to her industrious efforts, Stout received its accreditation 
in 1928, and was given full college rank and recognition by 
NCA in 1932. By 1930, the library was noted as being "the 
most outstanding feature of the Stout Institute." 

Froggatt exhibited a stern appearance, characteristic of 
librarians of her day, to maintain a quiet atmosphere in the 

By the mid- 1940s, the library holdings had outgrown 
their space in Harvey Hall. Froggatt and her associates 
began plans for a new library. (Froggatt's master's thesis had been 
written on how to build a library. ) 

In June 1 955, just a year after the completion of the Pierce 
Library (since replaced by the Swanson Learning Center), Froggatt 
retired with the title of faculty emeritus. 

Fiyklund Hall 

Lieutenant Colonel Verne C. Fryklund was appointed presi- 
dent of the Stout Institute in 1945, while awaiting discharge 
from the Army Air Force. In World War II, he served as a 
training expert and was in charge of setting up an armed 
forces tank school. 

Fryklund taught in several public schools across the 
country, as well as at Wayne State University and the 
University of Minnesota. He was also the supervisor of 
vocational education in the city schools of Detroit. A leader 
in the field of industrial and vocational education, Fryklund 
wrote many books pertaining to these areas. His trade and 
job analysis approach was widely used. 

President Fryklund was the strong leader that Stout needed. 
The university was in a period of transition as veterans were 
returning home, enrollment was increasing and the economy 
was reviving. 

Fryklund set out to meet these challenges by adding more 
residence halls and hiring more faculty. A new library was 
built and construction began on a building to provide more 
shops and classrooms. This structure was completed in 1961 
and was named Fryklund Hall. 

President Fryklund was a strict disciplinarian but well 
respected. A traditionalist, he held rather conservative 
views where curriculum was concerned. Fryklund felt the 
institution should concentrate on its historic mission of 
home economics and industrial and vocational education. 
He was always very proud of Stout as it was and feared that 
any radical changes in direction might destroy its unique 
position in the educational world. In his view, liberal arts 

Verne Fryklund 

were a part of this, but should not become separate degree 
programs. He felt such expansion would cause Stout to lose 
its uniqueness. 

Fryklund retired in 1961 with the title president emeritus. 

Hansen Hall 



H.M. Hansen worked at the Knapp, Stout & Co., Company's 
sawmill and had 1 4 years of building trades experience before 
he came to the Stout Institute as an instructor in 1912. He 
was also an instructor at the Wharton American Technical 
School in Wharton, England, following World War II. 

Hansen was considered a fine craftsman and a skilled 
cabinetmaker. He taught woodworking, cabinetmaking and 
millwriting. Though skilled at handwork, he was outstanding 
at using woodworking machines to produce high quality 

Hans Hansen retired in 1952. 

Harvey Hall 

Lorenzo Dow Harvey 

Lorenzo Dow Harvey devoted most of his life to education 
and held many influential offices including president of the 
state normal schools in Milwaukee, state superintendent of 
public instruction, and president of the National Education 
Association. Harvey came to Menomonie in 1903 to head up 
the Stout Manual Training schools and serve as superintendent 
of the public school system, though he could have accepted 
any number of well-paying positions elsewhere. Harvey's 
salary as superintendent of schools would hardly have held 
him if Senator Stout had not supplemented his income from 
his own pocket and secured him the position of assistant 
cashier at First National Bank. To simplify administration of 
the various Stout enterprises, the Stout Institute was created 
in 1908, and Harvey became its first president. 

An experienced educator and administrator, Harvey was 
well suited to his role as president. He held a strong belief 
in the merits of manual training, domestic science, art and 
physical education. His reputation and influence aided in 
making vocational training an accredited part of education. 

Harvey was a stern but fair disciplinarian who was 
respected by both faculty and students. He was socially 
genial, professionally stern and a good companion on 

the fishing trips that appealed to him as the best form of 

He served as president until his death in 1922. 

Hovlid Hall 

Leonard M. Hovlid grew up in Menomonie and attended 
the Stout Institute. He later received his bachelor of science 
degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. 

Hovlid taught for two years in Beloit, Wis. He served 
as director of manual training at the North Division High 
School in Milwaukee for 26 years. 

Hovlid died in 1959, leaving a substantial bequest to the 

Jarvis Hall 

John A. Jarvis came to Stout in 1946 as an assistant professor 
of electricity, mathematics and several other professional 
courses. Jarvis replaced Clyde Bowman as dean of industrial 
education in 1952. As the university grew, he became dean 
of faculty and in 1966, the vice president of academic affairs. 
In 1970, while President Micheels was away on medical 
leave, Jarvis served as acting president. 

A member of several professional organizations, Jarvis was 
the vice president of the American Vocational Association 
for three years and the national president when the historic 
Vocational Education Act of 1963 was passed. He published 
many books and articles, and was considered a national 
leader in industrial and vocational education. 

Jarvis was instrumental in expanding Stout's role in 
industrial education by creating the industrial technology 
degree, which today is the engineering technology degree. 

Jarvis retired in 1 973 as vice president for academic affairs 
and professor emeritus. 

John Jams 

Lillian Jeter 

Ray Johnson 

Jeter Hall 

Lillian Jeter came to Stout Institute in September 1927 and, 
in 1928, became head of the clothing and textiles department. 
While at Stout, apart from her administrative and teaching 
responsibilities, she supervised student teachers in the home 
economics areas of clothing, art and textiles. She also served 
on many faculty committees. She was a tireless worker and 
was very helpful to students. 
She retired from Stout in 1961. 

Johnson Fieldhouse 

Ray C. Johnson held several positions from 1938 to 1969, 
including physical education instructor, athletic director and 
department chair of physical education. 

During part of his tenure, Johnson was in charge of men's 
physical education and was the sole coach for all sports 
offered at Stout. In the days when a demonstrated swimming 
ability was a prerequisite for graduation, Johnson often 
boasted, "No Stout graduate has ever drowned." 

Since physical education was very important to Johnson, 
he kept close tabs on the construction of the physical 
education building, which opened in 1964, to ensure that 
it met his high standards. The fieldhouse portion of the 
building was later named for him. 

Johnson received the National Association of 
Intercollegiate Athletics (MAL4) Award of Merit. He served 
eight years as NAIA district chair, 10 years as executive 
committee member and four years as area chair. 

Johnson retired in 1969 with the title professor emeritus. 
In 1978 he was inducted as a charter member of Stout's 
Athletic Hall of Fame. 


Keith Hall 

Floyd Keith served as chair of the metals department at 
Stout for several years. Keith taught welding, sheet metal, 
foundry, general metals, machine shop and general motor 

"Pappy," as he was also known, had a strong and sturdy 
frame. Legends of his strength, skill and terse comments 
abounded. Students seldom entered his class without their 
assignments done. 

Keith was both a skilled craftsman and a dedicated teacher. 
Those students who were willing to work received unlimited 
help from him in order to meet his high standards. 

More than one graduate, obtaining a job as a metals 
teacher and nervous that he might not know enough, 
received a weekend course from "Pappy" to put the final 
touches on his preparation. 

After 38 years of service, Keith retired in 1960. 

Floyd Keith 

Kranzusch Hall 

Ray F. Kranzusch taught radio, electrical work, auto 
mechanics and general shop. He is credited with creating 
the first driver's education program at Stout. 

Kranzusch's work with the Craft Clubofferedopportunities 
for many students to develop hobbies and crafts, as well as 
participate in social events. His genial manner endeared him 
to all. 

Kranzusch retired in 1964 after 40 years of service. 

McCalmont Hall 

Before coming to Stout in 1912, Mary M. McCalmont held 
a variety of educational positions ranging from teaching in a 
one-room school, teaching in a missionary school, serving as 
a principal, and teaching and supervising music. 

Fondly referred to as "Mary Mac," McCalmont taught 
chemistry courses at Stout, wrote two laboratory manuals, 
served as an adviser to the YWCA and the Science Club, 
and counseled many students. Years later one student wrote, 
"She had a wonderful influence upon many of us, both in 
and out of classes." She served on many faculty committees, 
was a long-time member of the local chapter of American 

Mary McCalmont 


Association of University Women, and the local and national 
branches of the American Chemical Society 

McCalmont actively updated her teaching knowledge, 
researching various industries and laboratories which were 
directly related to industrial arts and home economics. She 
also visited college and university laboratory facilities. 

McCalmont was department chair when she retired in 
1952, after 40 years of teaching at Stout. In 1963, a new 
women's dormitory was named in her honor. The dormitory 
was later converted into office space and is now known as 
McCalmont Hall - Education and Human Services. 

Memorial Student Center 

The original student center on campus, built in 1954, was 
"Dedicated to the Students oj Stout State College Who Died in War that 
Others May Live." Thousands of Stout students have served in 
the armed forces during the past century, from Tarawa to the 
Persian Gulf. And many have lost their lives. A concerted 
effort was made to identify all of the Stout students who 
died while serving their country. The university hoped to 
have those names cut into the stone of the building, but 
fearing that some names would be left off, President Fryklund 
decided not to have the names inscribed. 

When the original student center was replaced by a new 
facility in 1986, the name was retained. 

Bud Micheels 

Micheels Hall 

William J. "Bud" Micheels assumed the presidency of Stout 
State College in 1961, and ushered in an era of great 

Micheels graduated from Menomonie Public Schools and 
the Stout Institute and taught industrial arts for several years. 
He earned his doctorate in industrial education from the 
University of Minnesota and became chair of the industrial 
education department there. 

Micheels was a man for all seasons. He was a teacher, 
writer, researcher, musician, athlete and art lover. He enjoyed 
people immensely and people enjoyed him. Just as Stout 
helped shape the character and quality of his early years, he 
helped shape the quality of Stout. 


Micheels met the challenges of increasing enrollment 
at Stout with faculty expansion and administrative 
reorganization, and began a building program. Major 
additions to the physical plant included a student center, the 
health and physical education building, six new residence 
halls and a heating plant. Plans were drawn up for the Science 
and Technology Building (Jarvis Hall), the Home Economics 
Building, and the Applied Arts Building. 

In 1964, the name of the institution was changed to 
Stout State University. President Micheels felt the university 
should retain its special focus but broaden the range of 
programs included in that focus. He strengthened Stout's 
role with revisions in established majors and added several 
new majors. 

In 1971, Stout merged with the University of Wisconsin 
System, and was renamed University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

Micheels stepped down as Chancellor in 1972, but 
continued in his role as an innovative leader until his 
retirement in 1977, with the title chancellor emeritus. 

Milnes Hall 

The foundry and machine shop were Harold Milnes' areas of 
expertise. A skilled craftsman, and a devoted and personable 
teacher, Milnes expected a great deal from his students. 

"Cooper Milnes," as he was better known, would often 
perform a certain ritual on what was called iron heat day 
in the foundry. As the first iron melt ran from the furnace 
into its receiving ladle, he would run his wet index finger 
through the molten stream and pretend to taste it. After this 
he would exclaim, "Put a little more salt in it!" 

After 38 years of service, Milnes retired in 1954. 

Harold Milnes 


Burton Nelson 

Nelson Field 

Burton E. Nelson was appointed president in 1923. Nelson 
taught in several rural schools for many years beginning at 
age 1 5. As a result of his position as superintendent of Racine 
city schools, Nelson became an influential figure in the 
Wisconsin Education Association and a leader in vocational 
education which led to his appointment as Stout's head. 

President Nelson was in office during a rather unsettled 
period in history. The Great Depression of 1929 stifled 
funding for new building projects. Only Lynwood Hall and 
Eichelberger Hall, both dormitories, were acquired during 
his term. 

Although minimal progress occurred with building 
projects, many renovations were made in the shops and 
labs. Curriculum revisions stressed a greater emphasis on 
academics in order to meet accreditation standards. 

Through much effort, Nelson obtained the funds to 
purchase the athletic field which was later named for him. 
It was the first area on campus named for a Stout faculty 
member. Nelson Field, at the south end of the campus, is the 
location of facilities for Blue Devil soccer, track, baseball and 

The onset of World War II affected the institution as 
enrollment dropped with the enlistment of all able-bodied 
students and faculty. 

Through these trying times, President Nelson was 
successful in keeping the school functioning. During his 
tenure, the two-year institute had grown into an accredited 
four-year college with graduate studies, leaving behind some 
of the academy and trade school characteristics of earlier 

Nelson often said, "I quit when Hitler does." In 1945, at 
the age of 78, he announced his retirement. 

Burton E. Nelson, "Prexy" as he was affectionately called, 
was sometimes stubborn and always a demon behind the 
wheel of a car. 


Oetting Hall 

Erich Oetting was the first dean of the School of Education. He 
was responsible for organizing and developing its curriculum 
arid program of professional courses leading to degrees in 
several teaching majors. His considerable experience as a 
teacher, principal and superintendent prepared him well to 
develop teacher education at Stout. 

After 24 years on the faculty, Erich Oetting retired in 
1969 with the title dean emeritus. 

Price Commons 

Few faculty members at Stout have affected the personal 
lives of students to a greater degree than Merle Price. Price 
joined the faculty in 1929 as dean of men, and later became 
dean of students. He also taught courses in social science 
and education. 

Price played a major role in developing a modern form of 
student government — the Stout Student Association — and 
served as its adviser for many years. The United Council 
of Student Governments is a result of his efforts in guiding 
the Stout Student Association in collaborating with other 
student leaders from Eau Claire and River Falls. 

Price was responsible for the opening of the first student 
center on campus. He also helped create the Medallion 
Award, the highest nonacademic award given to graduating 
seniors that have shown outstanding leadership. 

As dean of men, Price combined firm discipline with a 
humanistic approach. He was concerned about the needs 
of students and devoted a great deal of time developing 
a special rapport with them. Price spent many evenings 
on campus visiting the men's residence halls, and it wasn't 
uncommon to find him playing pinochle with students in the 
student center. Price enjoyed telling stories, and the students 
found him easy to talk to. 

After 42 years of sevice, Merle M. Price retired in 1972. 

Erich Oetting 

Merle Price 


Robert Swanson 

Swanson Learning Center 

Robert S. Swanson served as Stout's chancellor from 1972- 
1988, but that was just one part of his long affiliation with 
the university. He began his studies at the Stout Institute in 
1942, served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and returned 
to the university in 1946. He taught during his junior and 
senior years, and while pursuing his master's degree. In 1950 
he became a full-time faculty member, teaching general shop. 

Swanson moved up the academic ranks from department 
chair, assistant dean and dean of the School of Applied 
Science and Technology, and then dean of the Graduate 
College before becoming chancellor. 

He used his inaugural address to state once and for all 
what he believed to be UW-Stout's purpose — preparing 
students for a successful career after graduation: "Let us 
admit — yes, even advertise — that Stout's major emphasis 
is, and will continue to be, career preparation. Stout will 
continue to be pragmatic in its approach. Let it be known, 
that we do concern ourselves with the preparation of people 
to earn a living upon graduation." He then worked with the 
U W System Board of Regents to have UW-Stout designated 
a special mission institution, which the board approved in 
January 1974. 

Many words have been used to describe Swanson's tenure, 
but two are used most often: honesty and integrity. 

Bertha fainter 

Tainter Hall 

Tainter residence hall is located on the site of what was once 
the Andrew Tainter estate. Tainter settled in Menomonie 
in 1846 to get involved in the lumber business along the 
Red Cedar River, eventually becoming a partner in the 
Knapp, Stout and Co., Company. Tainter was not only a 
businessman, but a philanthropist as well. In 1890, he and 
his wife Bertha donated the Mabel Tainter Memorial to the 
city of Menomonie in memory of his daughter, Mabel, who 
died at the age of 19. 

Bertha inherited the estate upon his death. She then sold 
the property to James Stout for the purpose of converting it 
into a women's dormitory. These two large houses, known as 
Tainter Hall and Bertha Tainter Annex, were later torn down to 
make way for what is now the Jeter- Tainter-Callahan complex. 


Louis Smith Tainter House 

Louis Smith Tainter was a man of great executive ability, 
a good judge of human nature, endowed with remarkable 
energy, and possessing genial qualities that won and held 

Born in 1862, the son of Captain Andrew and Bertha 
Tainter, Louis grew up in the Menomonie area, attended the 
State Normal School at River Falls, and finished his education 
at the Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

Upon graduation, Tainter went to work as an assistant 
to his father for Knapp, Stout & Co., Company overseeing 
several of its operations. It was at this time that Tainter's 
father built the Louis Smith Tainter House as a wedding gift 
for his son and new wife Effie M. (Crouch) Tainter. Upon the 
death of his father in 1899, Tainter succeeded him as vice 
president of the company, until it ended operations in 1902. 

Tainter continued his successful business career, moving 
to Chicago,- New York,- Oakland, Calif.,- and finally to Boston 
to work with the Publishers Paper Company and Conway 
Lumber Company. He died in January 1920. 

Louis Tainter 

Tustison Hall 

Francis F. Tustison is credited with developing the four- year 
program in physics and mathematics at Stout. He was also 
known in the field of industrial education for his job sheets 
in home mechanics and for several books. 

"Tusty," as he was better known, liked to give the 
impression of being tough. His colleagues enjoyed telling 
the story of his alleged glass eye. It was said one could 
always tell which was the glass eye because if Tusty was told 
a sad story, the glass eye was the one that cried. 

Tustison retired as a professor of math and physics in 1 95 1 . 

Francis Tustison 


Wigen Hall 

Ray Wigen 

Ray Wigen is credited with gaining nationwide recognition 
for Stout's graduate college. 

Wigen started teaching shopwork at Stout in 1933 and 
then became a supervisor of student teacher training. In 1946, 
he was appointed dean of the Graduate College, where he 
served for 20 years. 

Wigen was a good friend of many graduate students. He 
is remembered for his dry sense of humor and somewhat 
odd laugh which most people found more amusing than his 

Long active in educational affairs, Wigen served as chair of 
the Minnesota Industrial Arts Association, vice president of 
the Wisconsin Vocational and Adult Education Association, 
co-chair of the Wisconsin State Curriculum Committee, and 
president of the Wisconsin Industrial Arts Association. 

Wigen retired in 1966 after 33 years of service. 

Don and Nona Williams Stadium 

The Don and Nona Williams Stadium is named in honor of a 
prominentMenomoniecouple who donated! 1 million toward 
the project. The highly respected, civic-minded couple are 
active community leaders and noted philanthropists. 

Longtime supporters of UW-Stout, the Williams family 
had been associated with the grocery business for many 
years. Don Williams served a total of 1 8 years on the Stout 
University Foundation Board of Directors. 

The 4,500-seat stadium is part of the Recreation and 
Athletic Complex, financed by gifts, student fees and 
program revenue. 


Former Named Buildings 

Amon House 

The Fifth Street home management house was named for 
Martha Ruth Amon, head of the art department from 1 949- 
1962. Upperclass home economics students lived in these 
facilities for a quarter, to learn the various skills associated 
with managing a home. 

Eichelberger Hall 

The building today known as Louis Smith Tainter House was 
purchased by the Stout Institute with funds from the Mary 
Eichelberger legacy, an endowment from a wealthy Horicon, 
Wis., family. The building was renamed Eichelberger Hall 
and was used as a women's dormitory, and later as office 
space. The building was restored, and in 1984 became home 
for the Stout University Foundation and the Stout Alumni 
Association. It was renamed for its original occupants when 
it was entered on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Martha Ruth Amon 

Pierce Library 

Named for Robert L. Pierce, a prominent local businessman, 
and member of the governing boards of the university for 
2 1 years (the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents). Pierce also 
was a leader in the Republican party at the local, state and 
national level for 35 years. When the library moved to a new 
building in 1982, the name was dropped when the building 
became home to the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation 

Ray Hall 

In 1914, J. Edgar Ray, an itinerant journeyman bricklayer, was 
hired to finish the intricate brickwork around the entrance of 
the household arts building (now Harvey Hall). 

President Harvey was so impressed with Ray's work that 
he asked him to teach bricklaying. Ray had graduated from 
a trade school but did not have a degree at the time. So, 
while teaching, he earned his bachelor of science degree in 
industrial education from the Stout Institute. Low enrollment 
periods caused by the depression and World War II allowed 
Ray to pursue a master's and doctorate degrees. 

Robert Pierce 

J. Edgar Ray 


J. Edgar Ray was an artisan and a craftsman. He was not 
a particularly strict disciplinarian, but his students had to 
work hard to meet his high standards. President Fryklund, a 
student of Ray's in the early 1920s, enjoyed telling a story of 
Ray's unusual method of criticism. One day in class, Fryklund 
had just finished building a model brick wall when Ray came 
over to inspect it. He took one look, kicked it over and said, 
"Start over." 

In addition to bricklaying, Ray taught mechanical draw- 
ing and architectural drafting. Eventually, he became head of 
the drafting department. In 1959, J. Edgar Ray retired after 
45 years of service. 

Ray Hall was razed in 1996 as part of the Historic Second 
Street Corridor project. Bricks from the building were 
salvaged and incorporated into architectural features in the 
project, including columns built to represent the facade of 
the former Ray Hall. 


Michaels House 

The Sixth Street home management house was named for 
Ruth Michaels. Following high school she earned a two- 
year diploma at the Stout Institute in 1905. After earning 
bachelor's and master's degrees, she taught in Missouri, 
Michigan, Iowa, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania before 
return-ing to Stout in 1927 as the director of household 
arts (later designated as dean oj home economics). She was a leader 
in developing home economics in secondary schools and 
was active professionally, serving as the president of the 
Wisconsin Home Economics Association. She was always 
a friend and counselor of women enrolled in the home 
economics division. 

Bertha Tainter Annex 

Bertha Tainter Annex provided additional women's housing 
when it opened in 1907. Students nicknamed it "Barney's 
Castle" because it was a barn prior to being remodeled 
for housing by Senator Stout. Bertha Tainter Annex was 
torn down to make way for what is now the Jeter- Tainter- 
Callahan complex. 


Named Campus Facilities 

Ameritech Telecommunications Laboratory » Fryklund Hall 

Ameritech Wisconsin (now AT&T) bestowed UW-Stout with 
a $500,000 telecommunication systems laboratory. 

Burger King Fast Food Laboratory 

» Home Economics Building * 

John F. Entorf Laboratories » Fryklund Hall 

John Entorf began teaching at Stout in 1 967 and later became 
the assistant dean of the School of Industry and Technology. 
He left Stout in 1989 to accept the deanship of Boise State 
University Entorf is credited with implementing many new 
programs at Stout and is most remembered for his work in 
establishing ties between education and industry. He died 
in 1990. 

Wilmer Flory Gardens » Louis Smith Tainter House Grounds 

Wilmer Flory was a 1935 Stout graduate. He is best known 
on campus for the thousands of bulbs and plants he donated 
that have been used to beautify the Stout campus. 

Furlong Art Gallery » Micheels Hall 

John Furlong served as assistant to the president (and later to 
the chancellor) at Stout from 1963-1985. His first assignment 
was to establish an art major. Other assignments included 
restructuring the university as it grew from a small teacher 
education college to a university. He also established public 
relations, alumni and foundation offices. The original Furlong 
Gallery was located in Ray Hall. 

Harry F. Good Physics Laboratories » Jan/is Hall 

Harry F. Good taught industrial arts at Stout from 1918 to 
1948. During his long association with Stout, Good served 
as adviser to many student organizations. 


Geraldine Raisler Hedberg Laboratories » Fryklund Hall 

A 1 95 1 graduate and loyal friend of the university and a major 
donor for a number of years, Geraldine Raisler Hedberg led 
a 1 994 fundraising campaign with a $4 1 0,000 challenge gift, 
underwriting the purchase of computers and state-of-the-art 
equipment for laboratory space in Fryklund Hall. 

Kufahl-Muller Packaging Laboratories » Jarvis Hall 

The Packaging Laboratories were officially named the Kufahl- 
Muller Packaging Laboratories to honor two professors 
emeritus. Marvin Kufahl, a faculty member from 1956 to 
1991, served as the packaging programs founder. Arthur 
Muller served as a faculty member from 1964 to 1995. 

Anne Marshall Biology Laboratory » Jarvis Hall 

Anne Marshall taught at Stout from 1939 to 1969 as chair of 
the science department. She was a member of the university's 
curriculum and graduate studies committees, and adviser to 
the Alpha Phi sorority. 

Nakatani Center for Learning Resources » Millennium Hall 

Arthur Nakatani earned his B.S. degree from Stout in 1971, 
and an M.S. degree in 1972. He was an elementary school 
teacher in the District of Kona, Hawaii. Following his death 
in 1 987, his family donated $1.5 million to Stout in his name 
to provide an extensive program of workshops, campus 
conferences, and professional support for educators as well 
as technological links among a multitude of constituencies. 

Otto Nitz Laboratories » Jarvis Hall 

Otto Nitz was a member of the chemistry department of 
Stout from 1952 to 1971. Nitz wrote a textbook and co- 
wrote a laboratory manual that were used extensively in the 

United States and abroad. 


Lynn Pritchard Music Complex » Applied Arts Building 

Lynn Pritchard headed the music department from 1965 
until his death in an auto accident in 1983. Pritchard taught 
a music appreciation course, and directed the concert band, 
pep band, and the Ludington Guard Band, a local summer 
musical group. 


Evelyn Rimel Counseling Laboratory » Harvey Mall * 

Evelyn Rimel came to Stout in 1961 as head of the family life 
department in the School of Home Economics, and taught 
courses in education, philosophy and counselor education. 
By the late 1960s she was concentrating on counselor edu- 
cation in the newly created School of Education. She also 
was a major instructor in the area of marriage and family. 
When the first counseling laboratory was established at Stout, 
Rimel purchased most of the needed equipment from her 
own pocket. Rimel was an effective presenter and promoter 
of community causes. She left Stout in 1980. 

Philip W. Ruehl Laboratories » Fryklund Hall 

Philip Ruehl graduated from StOut in 1941. He returned as a 
graduate student and teacher in 1947. He taught electronics 
and electricity for 20 years and served as the assistant dean of 
the School of Industry and Technology. He retired in 1981 . 

Guy Salyer Study » Harvey Hall * 

Guy Salyer came to Stout in 1948 to teach psychology until 
his retirement in 1975. Perhaps better known as "Doc," his 
multiple-choice exams were known as "pre-spooks," "pre- 
sports," "pre- and post-turkeys" and "pre-Santa's." 

Andrew Schneider Manufacturing Laboratory 

» Applied Arts Building 

Andrew G. Schneider, a friend and benefactor of Stout, was 
a half-brother of faculty member Mae Williams. He was 
a member of the Advisory Board of the Stout University 
Foundation at the time of this death, and left a bequest to the 
Foundation in his will. These funds were used to purchase 
land for the university that eventually became the Stout 
Technology Park. A road in the park is also named for him. 

George A. Soderberg Finishing Laboratory » Jarvis Hall 

George Soderberg taught wood finishing, painting and 
decorating at Stout from 1943 until his retirement in 1974. 
A recognized authority in the field, he wrote a textbook that 
was widely used. He led a dance band known as the Royal 
Blackhawks for 35 years. 


Max Sparger Press Box » Williams Stadium 

Max Sparger is probably best known for coaching the Blue 
Devils to the conference football championship in 1965, 
although that stands as only one of his accomplishments 
at Stout. Sparger served in many positions, including head 
coach of football, wrestling, track and golf teams. He also 
served as athletic director for two years before leaving 
to become commissioner of athletics for the nine-team 
Wisconsin State University Conference. 

Bob Ward Photography Complex 

» Communication Technologies Building 

Robert Ward was hired as an instructor at Stout in 1967 to 
teach photography courses and supervise television graphics. 
Former students remember his enthusiasm and his exitement 
for teaching. He died in 1986. 

Mrs. Paul Wilson Room 

» Louis Smith Tainter House 

The living room of the restored Louis Smith Tainter House is 
named for Mrs. Paul (Anna Garrard) Wilson, a mentor, adviser 
and friend to many Stout Institute students. She entertained 
many students and advised one of the sororities for many 
years. Their home (later named the Louis Smith Tainter House) was 
open to Stout students. 

Facility no longer usedjor "named" purpose. 

Campus Commemoratives 

Text for this booklet was gathered from many sources including Dwight 
Agnew, Professor Emeritus; Catherine Courtney; Halsey Douglas; Robert 
Nancy Ninas, Honors and Memorials Committee; Swanson, Chancellor 
Emeritus; Kevin Thorie, UW-Stout Area Research Center; and Don Steffen, 
University Communications.